5 Fall Flavors Around the World
We love pumpkin spice as much as the next latte drinker, but there are even more scrumptious fall flavors to enjoy as we officially head into autumn! Read on to learn more about autumn flavor favorites around the world.
Fun fact: Did you know pumpkin spice-flavored treats don’t even have pumpkin in them?! In most cases, you’ll find cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice—only some goodies have pumpkin puree added as well.
Japan: Sweet potato
In Japan, street vendors sell a popular snack, called yaki-imo, which is essentially a roasted sweet potato. The Satsumaimo or Japanese sweet potato is purple-skinned and yellow on the inside and is sweeter and denser than a regular sweet potato.
Apples are a huge staple when it comes to fall flavors in the U.S.—and Australia, too! Apple cinnamon, candy apples, and apple pie are just a few of the delicacies we enjoy during this season. While Australia is heading into spring during North America’s fall, farmers there are harvesting more than 170 varieties of apples at this time. They’re able to produce so many varieties because of the different climates found across the country.
While the French also cook with apples during the fall (who doesn’t, really?), they usually focus their autumnal cuisine on the pear. Also known as Buerré Hardy, Gellert’s, and Butterbirne pears, French Butter pears are considered some of the best pears for cooking. They’re great raw, paired with cheese, poached, and glazed, and many recipes can be found to utilize the fruit. Our favorite might just be the French Pear Tart!
Canada: Maple syrup
Canada is by far the largest producer of maple syrup in the world. Last year, the country produced over 13 million gallons, and the next largest area of production doesn’t even top a million gallons! We pour maple syrup on everything from pancakes to waffles, sausage to bacon, and (trust us) ice cream.
There’s nothing like a little heat to spice up a cool fall night. In Central Mexico, poblano chiles are used to create the national dish, chiles en nogada. This is vegetarian plate is served all over the country during September, the Month of Patriotism, alongside community celebrations of independence. Apples, pears, and peaches are also used as stuffing for the chiles. Delish!